If you are looking for one of the most entertaining restaurants in Disney World then head to the Sci-Fi Dine in Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You would never know from the exterior the entertainment that is inside this highly original restaurant but as you can see from the amazing picture above you are in for a treat. Whilst some guests report that the food is rather average most everyone agrees that you can’t beat the highly original interior design! Where else will you sit in a table which looks like a convertible car whilst watching a movie reel and be served by wait staff on roller skates?
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You step back into the 1950s when you enter the Sci-Fi Dine In. Lots of 1950s movie posters line the walls. When you enter the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater you will notice 3 things. The convertible car tables. The huge movie screen. The dark.
Most of the tables in the restaurants look like convertible cars, and there is a huge screen in front of you – just like an original drive in movie theater. Most of the tables are this car design but always make sure that you request one if you want one (and be prepared to wait even longer). There are some picnic type tables at the back of the room but these really aren’t anywhere near as much fun. Much of the appeal of the restaurant is sitting in the car tables so you will likely be disappointed if you don’t sit in one. Be aware though that the tables are quite small and you may feel a little cramped. And it is so dark it is very difficult to actually read the menus!
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The disadvantage of the car tables is that you are seated in rows. This is fine if you have a larger party. But if you are a couple you will most likely be sitting behind someone you don’t know and trying to eat and watch the movie reel over the top of their head!
There is a huge screen at the front of the restaurant which shows a really entertaining movie which features Walt Disney himself. It is a series of clips from 1950s Sci-fi B movies. The reel is about 35 minutes long so you will most likely be watching it more than once. It would be good if they could add to this so it is longer as it is a big reason why you dine in the restaurant.
The main appeal of this restaurant is the atmosphere and the decor. It is something that you really do need to experience at least once. The food in my opinion is average. Expect reasonable quality diner food and you won’t be disappointed. I know some of you are going to disagree with me and say that the food is amazing but for me it is one of my least favorite Disney World restaurants if I am looking just at the food. But for fun factor this is one of my favorites. My kids absolutely love it which is why we will always go back.
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So what is on the menu at the Sci-Fi Dine in Theater? It serves lunch and dinner and here is the new dinner menu:
Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins with Blue Cheese Topping and Celery Sticks $9.99
Chicken Wings with Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce, Blue Cheese Dressing and Celery Sticks $11.49
Spinach and Artichoke Dip served with Corn Tortilla Chips $7.99
Crispy Onion Rings with Horseradish Dipping Sauce $8.49
Mixed Greens $7.49
BLT Soup Tomato Basil Soup Topped with a Herb Crouton, Shredded Lettuce and Bacon $6.99
Rib Eye Steak with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables and Red Wine Sauce $24.99
Shrimp Pasta Bowtie Pasta and Shrimp with Olive Oil, Garlic, Basil, Tomatoes and Parmesan $21.99
The All American Picnic Burger Flame Broiled Angus Burger Patty topped with Grilled Hot Dog, Sauerkraut, Sauteed Onions, Pickle Spear, Ketchup and Mustard. Served with a choice of Cucumber Salad or Fries $15.99
Whole Grain Pasta with Seasonal Vegetables and Fresh Tomato Broth $17.99
Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Watercress, Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Mayonaise and drizzled with Balsamic Vinegar on a Caraway Salted Bun Served with French Fires or Cucumber Salad $14.99
Angus Chuck Burger Flame Broiled Beef Patty topped with Cheddar or Swiss, Sauteed Mushrooms, Crispy Bacon, Lettuce and Tomatoes, Served with French Fries or Cucumber Salad $14.99 or with 2 Beef Pattys for $18.99
The Reuben Corned Beef, Swiss and Sauerkraut and Thousand Island Dressing on Rye served with a Pickle Spear and choice of Cucumber Salad of Fries $12.49
Vegetable Burger Vegetable Patty topped with Cucumber Planks Tomatoes, Grilled Red Onions, Argula and Pickel Spear drizzled with Balsamic Vinegar served with a choice of Cucumber Salad or Sweet Potato Fries $12.49
Smoked Turkey Sandwich Smoked Turkey, Crispy Bacon, Lettuce and Tomatoes Avocado Mayonaise on Multi Grain Bread Served with Cucumber Salad $12.99
Fresh Fruit Salad $5.99
No Sugar Added Dessert Brownie with Ice Cream and Strawberries $7.99
Apple Crumble $7.99
Hot Fudge Sundae $6.99
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake $7.99
Non Alcoholic Specialty Drinks
Glowing Character Punch Minute Maid Light Lemonade Punch served in a souvenir cup with a glowing Disney Character Light $6.49
Milk Shakes Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry or Oreo Cookie Ice Cream $4.69
Flavored Sodas Coke Blended with Vanilla or Cherry Flavors $3.19 with refills available
Sc-Fi Dine In Theater Kids Menu
For $8.99 kids can choose an appetizer, entree, dessert and beverage from the children’s menus. Appetizer choices are Tomato Soup or Garden Salad. Entrees are Macaroni and Cheese, Hot Dog or Cheeseburger. French Fries are available. For dessert there is a Fruit Salad or Ice Cream Sundae.
Or they can get the Kids Complete Meal served on a Mickey Plate. This is $8.99 and also includes appetizer entree, dessert and beverage. They can have Cheese Pizza with Veggies and Sliced Apples. Or the Meaty Macaroni which is Ground Turkey with Marinara Sauce topped with Mozzarella served with Veggies and Fruit Salad.
The Sci-Fi Dine in Theater is an experience which you have to have at least once when you visit Disney World. Go for the atmosphere and not for the food and you will not be disappointed.
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